Locomotive Roster Weekend 23rd & 24th September 2017

This weekend sees the Railway back to normal and a full line service from Keighley to Oxenhope, with the Civil Department completing their work on the bridge south of Oakworth.

Having been at the head of the Oxenhope – Haworth shuttle services last weekend BR WD 2-8-0 90733 will continue this Saturday and Sunday on the main service.

The Saturday diesel service train will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit and there is a rare outing, to coincide with the Bahamas Locomotive Society AGM, on Sunday for Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’ which will be on the steam service in the relief path.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Beer & Music Festival – Update

In past years we have had special beers specifically brewed for the Festival and this year is no exception. We will have beers brewed specially for the event from Kirkstall, Ossett and Timothy Taylor’s breweries, and these include:

  • Kirkstall – ‘Worth Valley Pilsner’ (ABV tba) – a cask conditioned Pilsner lager
  • Ossett ‘Express’ (4.3%) – a spicy golden bitter
  • Timothy Taylor’s ‘KWVR 150th Anniversary Ale’ (5.3%) – a strong English ale based on a brown ale, with a real depth of flavour.

With just 1 month to go the annual Beer & Music Festival, the organiser have released the anticipated beer list which is now available to view and download.

  • Beer Listing – with tasting notes, which prints on 10 pages of A4 in landscape – Download >>>
  • Beer List – prints on 4 pages of A4 in portrait – Download >>>

For fall the details of one of the North’s best Beer & Music Festivals, visit the Beer & Music Festival page of the website.

Locomotive Roster for weekend 16th & 17th September 2017

The Railway is operating a special timetable over the weekend of the 16th and 17th September, when our Civil Engineering team will take possession of the line between Haworth and Oakworth and, as advertised, there will be a steam passenger service Haworth – Oxenhope and a diesel railcar service Oakworth – Keighley.  In addition a bus service will operate between Haworth and Ingrow.

With no run round facility at Haworth Station, at the south end of the line the train will be operating in top-and-tail mode with a steam locomotive facing Oxenhope and a diesel at the Haworth end to return the train back to Haworth. This short shuttle will be in the hands of WD 2-8-0 90733 with diesel power being provide by Sulzer Class 25, 25 059.

The Oakworth – Keighley shuttle will be provided by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 4th September and weekend 9th & 10th September 2017

With TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 having to be withdrawn, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be handling the midweek service. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 15.45 – 4 round trips in all.

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 takes over for the weekend when it will be the sole steam locomotive in action at the head of steam services on Saturday and Sunday. In preparation for civil engineering work taking place on the line during the following 2 weeks, the Green timetable will be operating on both days with the early morning diesel service in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 28th August and weekend 2nd & 3rd September 2017

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be handling the services on Bank Holiday Monday. 75078 retires to the confines of Haworth Yard after Monday’s service, leaving 43924 on the Tuesday – Friday weekday service. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

This week sees the last workings of the year of the Vintage Scenic Bus Tours with the last tour of duty on Sunday 3rd September, coinciding with the last Vintage Train Sunday of 2017, when TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will have the honours of hauling the vintage coaches for the last trip along the branch this year.

Over the weekend, 75078 will return to action at the head of the steam service on Saturday and alongside 85 on Sunday with the Saturday early morning diesel service in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 21st August and weekend 26th & 27th August 2017

WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of midweek running this week from Oxenhope to Keighley.

This weekend sees BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 replace 90733 and will operate on both days of the weekend. On Sunday MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be introduced on the relief set.

Saturday sees the penultimate end of month diesel and steam Saturdays which this Diesel & Ale Saturday will have English Electric Class 37, 37 075 providing the diesel service throughout the day when the buffet will be sponsored by Bradford based, Salamander Brewing Company serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Keighley Parking Restrictions 2nd September 2017

Keighley Station Car Parking.

On Saturday 2 September there will be no car parking at  Keighley Railway Station or in Low Mill Lane due to West Yorkshire Police activity.

Passengers who intend to travel by car and join the KWVR service at Keighley, are advised to avoid Keighley town centre completely and to park at Ingrow West Station, the next station along the line.

Alternatively, there is ample parking at Oxenhope, why not start your journey at the terminus instead.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 14th August and weekend 19th & 20th August 2017

This week USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will handle all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

On Saturday 5820, continues for that day’s steam service. On Sunday 20th, 5820 gives way to WD 2-8-0 90733 which will be joined by TVR 0-6-2T 85 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

The diesel service on Saturday will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Monday – Sunday we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket.

For the timetables in operation this week for both the train services and Vintage Bus tour, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Civil Matters – S&T Week 2017

It is a while since the last report, but we are delighted top publish once again an insightful report from James Barlow on the activities on the Railway during S&T Week. Yet again we start with an apology to James, who although himself delaying the report, holidays and other matters have delayed publication even further. It gives us great pleasure to now reproduce another of his superb articles. (Some of the to-does that James highlights have, by now been done.) Continue reading

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 7th August and weekend 12th & 13th August 2017

WD 2-8-0 90733 was in action this weekend and will continue on the weekday service, handling all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

Over the weekend 90733 continues and will handle all the weekend main steam locomotive services with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 joining the roster on Sunday on the second steam service. The diesel service on Saturday will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

This week we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket

For the timetables in operation this week for both the train services and Vintage Bus tour, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 31st July and weekend 5th & 6th August 2017

Last week the publication of the locomotive roster was unfortunately mistimed with the failure of USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 deputising. The loco department had their workload increased when, at the weekend, WD 2-8-0 90733 failed and had to be replaced.

So with fingers crossed we anticipate that BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be operating Monday – Saturday.

Saturday sees the another of our diesel and steam Saturdays sponsored by a local brewery but this, originally not in the planned schedule, sees a celebration of the official return to traffic of Sulzer Class 25 diesel 25 059 with the buffet being sponsored by local Keighley based, Goose Eye Brewery serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day, including an ale, Sulzer Ale, especially brewed for the occasion. However unlike other Diesel & Ale Days this one runs into the evening with entertainment at Keighley. For full details visit the Sulzer & Ale Day page of the website

On Sunday 6th August, restored to good health after its problems last weekend, WD 2-8-0 90733 will take over from 75078 and will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

This week we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Summer! Time to book your Santa seats

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Santa Specials – the original and best.

As soon as you board our Santa Special, it feels like Christmas with specially decorated coaches and festive music to get you into the mood. You will be greeted by your steward, who will check your tickets and show you to your seat, before explaining what will happen during the journey (and where to find the bar!)

Join the Santa Special at Oxenhope, Haworth or Keighley Stations for a ten-mile return journey on our steam train, lasting around an hour.

On-line Booking is NOW open! This way for all the information about our 2017 Santa Steam Specials >>>>>>>>>

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 24th July and weekend 29th & 30th July 2017

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will see 7 days of continuous running this week, operating the weekday and weekend steam service from Oxenhope to Keighley. On Sunday 5820 will be joined by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on the relief set.

Saturday sees the 4th of our end of month diesel and steam Saturdays which this year features sponsorship by a local brewery in what we have termed Diesel & Ale Saturdays. This Diesel & Ale Saturday will have English Electric Class 20, 20 031 providing the diesel service throughout the day when the buffet will be sponsored by local Keighley based, Wishbone Brewery serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 17th July and weekend 22nd & 23rd July 2017

This week Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2 no. 85 will handle all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 15.45 – 4 round trips in all.

On Saturday USA S160 2-8-0 5820 takes over for the weekend’s main service. On Sunday 24 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

Class 101 DMU will operate the diesel service on Saturday morning.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Vacancy – Administration Assistant

  • Running the admin office: Including arranging bookings, answering the telephone, responding to emails, sorting post and in person enquiries as required in a customer focused manner.
  • Carry out any other general administrative tasks as required.
  • Work alongside the Marketing Officer and Operations Officer to deliver excellent customer service
  • You will be required to work 40 hours a week, 09.00 – 17.30 which includes one weekend in three

Applications for information or further details contact the railway by telephone, 01535 645214 or by email, ross.graham@kwvr.co.uk. Applicants should submit their CV with covering letter, which, as a minimum, outlines their suitability for the role and principle reasons for applying.

Sulzer & Ale Day – 5th August

5th August will mark the official re-launch into traffic, after extensive bodywork repairs, of our Class 25 diesel no. 25 059. As with the previous Diesel & Ale Days the trains will be sponsored by a local real ale brewery, on this occasion, Goose Eye Brewery of Keighley and is a Summer warm up to our 2017 Beer and Music Festival on the 19th – 22nd October.

Diesel hauled services will operate from mid-afternoon with the 14.45 departure from Oxenhope and will continue through to early evening with the last departure, the 21.00 from Keighley, arriving back at Oxenhope at 21.25.

The on-train bar, exclusively serving a selection of hand-pulled Goose Eye Brewery ales, will feature the special ‘Sulzer Ale’ brewed and named especially for the event. (Sulzer refers to the manufacturer of the engine fitted to the locomotive.)

And to top off the day, you will be able to enjoy live music at Keighley by Night Patrol between 18.30 and 19.30 when hot food will also be available at Keighley.

This service operates in addition to the steam train service on which, subject to availability, a real-ale buffet car will also be provided.

If you would like more information about the locomotive 25 059, visit the KWVR website.

Sulzer and Ale Day, in association with ‘Goose Eye brewery’ – part of our exciting new series of ‘Diesel and Ale Day’ events.

Other Diesel & Ale Days for 2017 and the diesel locomotive scheduled to haul them are:
29th July – Wishbone Brewery, Keighley – 20 031
26th August – Salamander Brewery, Bradford – 37 075
30th September – Sunbeam Brewery, Leeds – 20 031

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 10th July and weekend 15th & 16th July 2017

Following 3 all action days with our “Little Engines”, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 enters the action and has the honours of hauling the weekday service between Oxenhope to Keighley.

A weekend of “normal” running returns with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday. The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be WD 2-8-0 90733, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 90733 will be joined on Sunday by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 with passenger services starting at 10.15.

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekdays 3rd – 6th July & Little Engines Gala 7th – 9th July 2017

This weekend sees the first Little Engine’s Gala which, like our Winter Steam gala, will operate over 3 days, 7th – 9th July. Harking back to the early days of the preserved Railway, the KWVR is honouring those early pioneers when the smaller locomotives of the fleet will take centre stage to reflect the days before the larger locomotives ruled the roost.

The railway have announced 2 visiting locomotives, both with connections to the Railway but in diverse ways. The first to be announced was ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd’ from the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway a type of engine that featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years. This was followed by the announcement of our second guest, London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Similar locomotives, but designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century.

The home fleet will consist of:

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T No. 85
London & North Western Railway 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054 (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)

And rare passenger workings of our smaller diesel fleet including:

BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 993 “Ashburnham”
BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 266
BR Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 No. D2511
Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 No. D32
Prototype English Electric 0-6-0 No. D0226 ‘Vulcan’

For the public timetables in operation over the 3 days, please click HERE to visit the main website. To download the enthusiast working timetables, click on the appropriate day below:
Friday, 7th July
Saturday, 8th July
Sunday, 9th July

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will have the honours hauling the Monday – Thursday services between Oxenhope to Keighley before joining in with the Little Engines Gala.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Little Engines Gala – Second Visiting Engine

With less than two weeks to go until our brand new “Little Engines Gala” we are delighted to announce our second visiting locomotive, London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway (BWR). Similar locomotives, but designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century.

 

30587 was one of a class of 85, designed by Joseph Hamilton Beattie, the CME of the London & South Western Railway. These locomotives were designed in consultation with and built by Beyer Peacock at their works at Gorton, Manchester. Originally numbered 298, 30587 was completed in 1874 under the direction of William George Beattie who had succeeded his father in 1871.

Initially the engine worked at Nine Elms in London, the class having proved itself capable of handling the heavy loads and high speeds demanded of them. However, with the arrival of larger locomotives, the class members were transferred to sheds outside the London area. Most of the engines had been scrapped by 1898 with the exception of 3 members of the class which were transferred to the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway in 1895 to work the sharp curves of that railway’s freight branch to Wenford Bridge carrying china clay traffic to the main line. They were finally withdrawn in 1962 and replaced by GWR 0-6-0PT dock tanks, outlasting the rest of the class by a staggering 64 years.

30587, one of two in preservation, was selected for the national collection. It was stored at various locations before being taken to the Flour Mill Workshops in 2001 in the Forest of Dean for restoration to working order, entering traffic on the BWR in 2002. Withdrawn in 2012 for overhaul it returned to action in 2013.